Downtown Houston Flooding On Monday Mimicked Last Memorial Day

Monday’s flooding mimicked what happened last Memorial Day along White Oak Bayou near downtown.


Downtown got only about 6 inches of rain but more than twice that fell miles away in Northwest Houston along the White Oak Bayou watershed.

That water ended-up where the Bayou merges with Buffalo Bayou in downtown Houston.

Floodwaters topped street bridges near the University of Houston Downtown main campus.

In the nearby Theater District, maintenance workers erected a four foot high metal floodgate across a loading dock that faces the bayou.

Northwest of downtown in the Heights, just like what happened Memorial Day last year, White Oak Bayou Drive went underwater, inundating a few units and a few cars in a condo complex.

The Katy Freeway at Taylor Street flooded, routing big trucks through otherwise quiet residential streets.

Where Houston Avenue dives down under Memorial Drive, the underpass flooded.

But unlike in past floods, one of the newly installed flood warning gates came to life, it's arm dropping down to block drivers, a yellow warning light came on to call attention to a "road closed" sign.

The gate was installed last summer and the city hopes to someday have the automatic warning barriers at a total of 27 flood-prone underpasses.


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